Thinking back to my first semester of college at the University of Cincinnati I wasn’t sure what I was getting into joining CHAARG. Before the semester has even started I found CHAARG via insta, through a friend who went to The Ohio State University. Being an athlete practically since I could walk, I immediately took the chance to be apart of another *team* of women on my campus who shared a passion for health + fitness because it was familiar to me. Little did I know that almost 4 years later, after 3 different exec positions held at UC + being a Blogi for almost a 1 year that I would be in Chicago interning with an organization that has completely changed my life [cliché, but so honest]. The funny thing is [++ I don’t remember this at all] I emailed Elisabeth my freshman year when searching for summer internships, expressing my interest to intern with CHAARG in Chicago my junior or senior year [this was way before CHAARG even had virtual interns, let alone in person interns]. 3 summers later I am in Chicago, interning with CHAARG just like I said I would – if that’s not fate I’m not sure what you would call it. If you too are interested in what it’s like behind the scenes, read on to take a peek inside a day in my life as a CHAARGtern in Chicago!
5:30 AM Hit snooze for 15 minutes [sometimes 30 minutes depending on the day]. This is a terrible habit I’ve been trying to break!
6 AM Get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee [which I program every night before to brew at 5:30 AM, so it’s ready when I finally drag my booty out of bed], make my bed + head to my desk to 5 Minute Journal ++ do my morning meditation. This has become such a huge part of my daily routine + if I don’t squeeze it in [even if I’m running late I still journal + meditate] my whole day is off.
6:30-7:15 AM #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP #6AMCrew
7:15 AM Shower, get ready for the day + make breakfast [usually a smoothie, or a granola bar if I’m on the run] while watching the Today Show – I know I am practically a grandma!
8:30 AM Arrive at the CHAARG office + start working on my pertinent to-do list.
10 AM CHAARG team meeting! This is typically when my second cup of coffee is consumed ; )
10:30 AM Skype meetings with blogis, catching up on emails or working on updating *da blog*
12:30 PM #CHAARGEats – lunch time with team CHAARG for me is usually leftovers from dinner the night before, or a quick trip downstairs to Protein Bar [++ of course more coffee]!
2:30 PM Have you ever wondered who ships all of your awesome CHAARG gear from the shop + answers all of your questions via CHAARG support? That’s muah! Usually for me the afternoon is the least creative time of the day for my brain [that’s how I’m wired I suppose], so at this time of my day I work on all things shipping MWF.
5:30 PM Typically I’m wrapping up projects, emails or blogi duties for the day + headed for the L [Chicago’s transit system]. On Wednesdays we SoulCycle [+ you can totally spin with us ; )]. We are all a little too obsessed with Soul, but it’s a healthy habit to have!
6:30 PM If I’m not spinning at SoulCycle, I usually am decompressing with a hot yoga class, or run on the lake front. I am not a huge runner, but the views in Chicago are too incredible not to take full advantage of.
8 PM Dinner time! If I’m feeling up to it I like to try new recipes from Pinterest, or my new favorite cookbook by Chrissy Teagan. I am loving recipes that make enough to feed me for a few days – I’m guilty of being the lazy chef + lover of frozen steamable meals #NoShame!
9:30 PM I try to start getting ready for bed at this time. I have a very structured bedtime routine – brush teeth, wash face [sometimes I splurge with a charcoal face mask], night time face lotion. Then I always write in my 5 Minute Journal *night time* section before setting my alarm for the next day – it’s how I keep myself accountable!
10 PM Reading in bed with a cup of tea. Currently, I’m reading Gabrielle Bernstein Spirit Junkie! After I read a chapter, or so it’s off to bed!
++Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG